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Maximizing Human Capital: Ensuring High Growth & Achieving High Performance 

Our Founder-CEO & Superintendent Dr. Nathan Balasubramanian (Dr. B) is a scholar-practitioner. He serves as the Chief Education Officer of 7CsThrive. He is also the Chief Academic Officer of 7Cs Academy. He knows and understands the value of whole child education. He is determined to make whole child education accessible and available to every child. The 'Triangle Model' and the Performance Excellence App are a few of his many innovations. Dr. B believes we have a lot of compelling evidence (data) on student learning to improve public education. Yet, the current reality is that the data ‘baby’ is thrown out with plenty of actionable ‘bath water.’ He is on a mission to stop this ‘data” waste and transform public education with actionable ‘knowledge’ guided by his vision of data analytics.

Most recently, Dr. B served as the Executive Director of School Improvement and Accountability at Manor Independent School District in Texas until November 2019. He led continuous improvement efforts at the District to move the letter grade of the District from a “D” (69% in 2018) to a “B” (85% in 2019) this past year. This was a huge factor in the community passing a $280 million bond in November 2019.

Prior to joining the Manor ISD team in November 2017, Dr. B served in the rank of Assistant Superintendent at Broward County Public Schools as their founding Executive Director of Strategy and Continuous Improvement for five years. He successfully spearheaded efforts to increase student success every year at the 6th largest school district in the nation. 4-year graduation rate (81%), AP passing rate (51%), and student outcomes measured by Level 3 achievement in 17 of 22 Florida’s tested areas (77%) were the highest in the District’s history. During his tenure, the district also successfully passed their first bond in almost thirty years, for $800 million, in 2014.

Dr. B holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado (USA), a master’s in educational management from the University of Sheffield (UK), and a master’s in physics from the University of Madras (India). He is a trained curriculum auditor and a TEA Authorized Provider (2020-2-10-AP44) for evaluating and improving student outcomes. See his one-page Résumé

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

Setting every child up for success (2020). Manuscript in preparation

Designing Learning (2008). Article published in Princial Leadership

Learning by Design: Teachers and Students as Co-creators of Knowledge (2007). Book chapter published in Educational Technology: Opportunities and Challenges

Innovative Methods of Teaching Science and Engineering in Secondary Schools (2006). Paper published in Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics

Increasing Student Achievement through Meaningful, Authentic Assessment (2006). Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) Conference

Games and Simulations (2006). Invited ForeSITE's interest group at the 17th International SITE Conference

Designing Effective Instructional Models for Increasing Student Achievement (2007). Ph.D. Dissertation

Continuous Improvement for K-12 School Systems: An Assessment Tool for Educators (2010). White Paper on HarnessData® 

Herbert Simon (2006). Published in the Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration.

Personalize Learning for Every Student (2020). Presented at the 50th Mexican American School Boards Association Conference

Lexiles, Quantiles, and STAAR: Does Your Data Flow to Create Opportunities for All Students (2019). Filed with Texas House of Representatives in favor of HB 1244 Replacing the U.S. History EOC with a Civics Test

Transforming Public Education: Let's Do Something Together (2018). Presented at the American Productivity and Quality Center

Robust Learning: Personalized and Prioritized (2012). Presented at the Council of Chief State School Officers National Conference on Student Assessment

Teacher Effectiveness and Teacher Quality: What's the Difference (2010). Presented Think Tank Session at the American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting

Instructional and Program Effectiveness: From Data to Action (2010). Presented at the American Educational Research Association

Administrative and Teacher Leadership: Modeling 21st Century Learning (2010). Presented at the International Society for Technology in Education

Smart Education and other presentations since 2002.